Press Releases

The 16 state employees being honored have made a positive and noteworthy difference in the areas of customer service, efficiency and innovation, public service, human relations, outstanding state government service and safety and heroism. They were selected out of 118 nominations submitted.

Out of 118 nominations submitted, 16 state employees have been chosen for this year’s prestigious ‘Governor’s Awards for Excellence.’ It is the highest honor a state employee may receive for dedicated service to the State and the people of North Carolina.

The International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) has selected the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) as the 2016 recipient of the IPMA-HR Agency Award for Excellence for large agencies.

Governor Pat McCrory announced that C. Neal Alexander, a Lincolnton resident, is stepping down effective August 31 as State Human Resources Director to pursue a role at Gardner-Webb University, his college alma-mater. 

Director Neal Alexander's Op-ed about the state's performance management plans appeared in the Wilmington Star News. Read more about how NCVIP ensures employees have a clear understanding of the performance expected of them and how their individual work contributes to achievement goals of the organizational mission here.


OSHR received two prestigious awards from the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) this week. OSHR Director C. Neal Alexander, Jr. received the Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Award for HR leadership and Deputy Director Paula Woodhouse accepted the Eva N. Santos Communications Award for OSHR’s newsletter The Resource, which received recognition for its excellence in state government HR communications.

Governor Pat McCrory has signed the $22.3 billion state budget which includes salary increases for North Carolina state government employees, effective July 1, 2016.

The NC Office of State Human Resources’ (OSHR) “Be a Hazard Hero” Program was selected by the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC)—whose mission is to foster and encourage intergovernmental cooperation among its member states—to be one of six finalists for their State Transformation in Action Re

“Sec. Perry has done a tremendous job guiding the Leadership Team to reduce workplace injuries in North Carolina State Government,” said Director Alexander. “When Governor McCrory established the Leadership Team in 2013, our goal was to reduce workplace injuries by 10-percent. We’ve exceeded that goal and have had a 14% reduction in workplace injuries since 2013. Under Sec. Skvarla’s leadership we hope to continue that trend.”

A 2-day Military Job Fair is taking place at Fort Bragg next week.

The North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) will be working together with Department of Public Safety (DPS) staff in recruiting for correctional officers, nurses and food service officers.